Are your people exhibiting signs of stress?

Do they feel overwhelmed with the volume of work?

If so, here are five things you can do today:

1. Create and communicate a written policy statement:

Develop a written policy statement of your organisation’s philosophy concerning the health and well being of your employees – this creates a positive climate in which your employees can seek help when they need it.

Ensure that your people are aware of this policy and how they can gain support from the organisation when they need it most. Communicate this policy at every level within the organization, from the CEO to those on the shop floor so that everyone understands that stress management is viewed as a priority.

2. Train your Management team:

Ensure your Management team is fully trained and has the necessary skills to identify the circumstances in which stress has the potential to become a problem.

Encourage them to get to know their teams so that they can recognise signs of stress at an early stage and take appropriate action to reduce the impact. Raise awareness of the organisational processes in place to make any necessary clinical referrals as and when appropriate.

3. Make “wellness” a priority:

Create a confidential environment in which the impact of stress in the workplace is explicitly stated, accepted and understood by everyone in the organisation. Create an ethos where people automatically take care of one another and look out for each other’s well being.

Remove the stigma often associated with stress by letting your organisation’s management of it become as natural as taking lunch breaks; just a part of normal everyday working life.

4. Review your practices:

On a regular basis, assess all possible causes of stress such as heavy workloads, inappropriate management styles, and the culture of your organisation to see how this is impacting on individuals on a day to day basis.

Set up working groups to discuss what adjustments need to be made in order to alleviate the causes of stress wherever possible. Give them the support they need to implement whatever action needs to be taken to address the problem.

5. Use the experts:

Seek external support with specialist organisations in order to provide the best level of care possible for your employees. Their welfare is paramount; your people are the most important thing in your organisation. Let them know that they are.